Derek talks to the Irish champion surfer who has been hospitalised after being bitten by a venomous Black Widow Spider. We'll find out about how the power of the internet helped an American find his Irish great-great grandmother's house in less than 24 hours. And we tell you how you can enter our competition for tickets to the Mooney Eurovision Green Room Party at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on May 10th!
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.
If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.
To explain more about what we can expect, we are joined in studio today by Stephen Faloon, General Manager of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Did you know that in August of this year, Spiderman officially turns 62 years of age! The original character first appeared in issue number 15 of the Amazing Fantasy series of comics, created and published by Marvel Comics. That was in August 1962.
Behind the blue and red spider suit was a teenage high school student called Peter Parker, who gained his superpowers when he was bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibition.
Well, that's the world of fantasy. In real life, getting bitten by a spider is, generally speaking, a relatively harmless experience.
Unless the spider happens to be a black widow! And your body, for whatever reason, fails to fight off the venom.
A black widow spider
We are joined on the line today by Craig Butler from Waterford (pictured), who was recently bitten by a black widow spider. Unfortunately, he didn't come out the far end with any superpowers; quite the opposite, in fact. The bite landed him in hospital! He's just been discharged and is now recovering from a very traumatic experience, as he tells Derek...
To see more pictures, visit Craig's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CraigButlerSurfer.
We have a very nice story for you now with a happy ending. On Monday, an American arrived in Ireland with a photograph taken in 1920, when his great, great grandmother was on a visit back to Ireland from the USA.
He wanted to find the house in the photo, but was a little vague about where it was. Now Ireland is a little bit smaller than the USA, but it's still a little bit ambitious!!
We decided to investigate this story a little bit further, so in our Cork studio we are joined by Tom Decker, American policeman and chef. And to take us through the incredible tale of how the house was found, we are joined on the line from New York by the name of Paul Egan...
The house as it was in 1920, and today
Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.
You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.
Then e-mail your entry to email@example.com, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.
Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie
Presenter: Derek Mooney